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Owerri Stands Still As Eze Njemanze Goes Home

Posted: Jun 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Anolu Vincent

Owerri – Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Friday stood still in honour of Eze Dr. Emmanuel Emenyonu Njemanze, the departed traditional ruler of the town, whose body was committed to mother earth in his palace.

Expectedly, commercial activities and vehicular movements within the municipal council were grounded. Markets, shops, filling stations, super markets, fast food centres, public and private schools were all closed.

The remains of the monarch which left the Aladimma Hospital mortuary around 8 a.m. was received by traditional chiefs, village heads and cabinet chiefs with several gun salutes in the five villages where he reigned before his kingdom was later balkanised into five district autonomous communities by the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration following his running battle with him.

With an intimidating cortege, the state of the art ambulance conveying the remains later berthed at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) where a commendation service was officiated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Cyril Okorocha, the Anglican Bishop of the Owerri Diocese, was held in his honour.

The burial ceremony commenced with the carrying of the corpse in Escalade ESU ambulance to the Ugwu Ekwem to the five autonomous communities that make up Owerri ancient kingdom.

The corpse was finally taken to Government College, Owerri, where he was an old student before commendation service at Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL).

Delivering a brief sermon, Bishop Okorocha said that the quality of a man was not measured by his wealth.

He later prayed God for the repose of the deceased soul and family for the fortitude to bear the loss.

In attendance were Chief Ikedi Ohakim, former state governor;  Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof. Anthony anwukah, Minister of state for Education, and his wife; Hon. Justice Christie Anwukah, Mike Ahamba (SAN), Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Rt. Rev. Alfred Nwaizuzu, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Amb. Kema Chikwe, Dr. Josiah Odunna, Hon. Barr Chris Nwabia and Barr. (Mrs.) Alma Eluwa.

Others were Prince Eze Madumere, state Deputy Governor; Amb. Jude Agbugba, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), Ken Njemanze (SAN), Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Dr. Pascal Dozie and Hon. Onyewuchi Ezenwa, among others.